Badgers wrap up regular season at Penn State Saturday


ON WISCONSIN <A win on Saturday would give the Badgers four league wins for the first time since 1995.</b>
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Nov. 4, 2011

Badgers wrap up regular season at Penn State
The Badgers (8-7-2, 3-2-0 Big Ten) travel to University Park, Pa., this weekend to conclude their regular season in a matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-7-4, 0-5-0 Big Ten). The game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. A delayed broadcast of the game will be aired Sunday on BTN at 5 p.m.

 Game #18  |  Wisconsin (8-7-2) vs Penn State (7-7-4)
 Date  Saturday, Novermber 5  |  1 p.m. (CT)
 Location  University Park, Pa.  |  Jeffrey Field
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All-Time Series
Wisconsin vs. Penn State: 10-12-2
Wisconsin vs. Penn State at Penn State: 3-6-2

vs. Penn State
The two teams met up in the regular season finale last season, where the Badgers edged the Nittany Lions, 1-0, in Madison. In the teams’ last meeting in University Park, Pa., Penn State topped UW, 2-1. In the Badgers’ six losses at Penn State, three have been in overtime and the other three losses combine for a point differential of four.

In the Big Ten
Wisconsin is 83-70-19 all-time in Big Ten games and 48-56-10 since 1991, the year the Big Ten officially recognized men’s soccer. Against current Big Ten opponents, UW holds a record of 73-79-20 in all games played. UW’s best record is against Northwestern (25-9-4), while it has fared the worst against Indiana (4-32-5).

B1G accomplishments
If the Badgers can pull out a win Saturday at Penn State it will be the first time they have won four conference games since 1995. Back in 1995, Wisconsin went 4-1 in Big Ten play.

B1G drama
Drama remains as league play starts to shake itself out. Ohio State leads the league with 12 points, while Northwestern is right behind with 11 and Wisconsin with nine.

Ohio State has yet to play Indiana, who they will face in Bloomington on Saturday, Nov. 5., while Michigan remains on Northwestern’s schedule. The Badgers wrap up Big Ten play at Penn State, who remains winless in conference play.

B1G streaks
Wisconsin’s loss against Northwestern on Oct. 23 snapped its three-game Big Ten win streak. UW opened league play with wins over Indiana (Oct. 2), Michigan (Oct. 9) and Michigan State (Oct 16), marking the first time since 1995 that Wisconsin has opened league play with three consecutive wins.

B1G openers
On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Badgers won their first Big Ten opener since the 2006 season when they beat Michigan, 2-1, in overtime in Madison. UW is 9-9-2 in Big Ten openers since 1991. The Badgers went 7-0-0 in Big Ten openers from 1991-1997.

Around the league -- as of Oct. 31, 2011

After defeating Wisconsin on Sunday, the Buckeyes gained sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 12 points, while second place Northwestern follows with 11 points and an unbeaten record of 3-0-2. Wisconsin follows with nine points.  Indiana and Michigan State both have eight points trail, while Michigan’s three points puts the Wolverines in sixth place and winless Penn State sits at last place in the conference standings.

Big Ten dribbles …
Indiana leads the league in goals (32), assists (33) and points (97) … Michigan is in first place with 292 shots, while Wisconsin is in last place in the statistical category with just 180 shots … Penn State has 10 shutouts in 17 games … Ohio State has scored 10 goals in Big Ten action, while Penn State has one … Wisconsin has allowed a league low four goals … UW’s Tomislav Zadro leads the league with seven assists … Penn State’s Andrew Wolverton leads the conference with a goals against average of 0.56.

Last time out
Wrapping up their regular season home schedule on Sunday, the Badgers dropped a 2-0 decision to Ohio State.  The loss served as Wisconsin’s third in four games, all of which were shutouts. Ohio State’s brotherly duo of Chris and Parnell Hegngi combined for two goals, while the Buckeyes defense was able to keep UW from converting on any of its 20 shots.  Sophomore goalie Max Jentsch suffered the loss as his record falls to 6-4-2.

Shutout sensation
In Wisconsin’s last five games, the Badgers have either been shutout or have shut their opponent. Sunday’s shutout loss to Ohio State marked the third time the Badgers have been shutout in October and first time on their home field. Before playing at Green Bay on Oct. 19, the Badgers had not suffered a shutout loss all season. In those three shutout defeats, UW has been outscored, 5-0. Meanwhile, the Badgers’ last two wins have come in shutout fashion with a 1-0 win over Michigan State on Oct. 16 and a 2-0 victory at Milwaukee on Oct. 26.

Not so happy
The Badgers have run into some bad luck in Happy Valley in most recent years. After starting out the series at Penn State 2-0-1, UW now trails the series in Pennsylvania, 3-6-2. In Wisconsin’s 11 trips to University Park, it has only walked away with three wins. UW’s last win at Penn State dates back to the 2003 season where they shut the Lions out, 1-0. Three of the Badgers’ six losses in Happy Valley have been in overtime.

Scouting Penn State
Penn State recorded a draw for the second-straight game Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw at Hofstra.  Penn State’s senior midfielder Mackenzie Arment netted the lone Nittany Lion goal. Penn’s states star goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton recorded one save in the game.

Penn State enters Saturday’s game still in search of its first Big Ten win of the season.  In their five conference matches this season, the Nittany Lions have been outscored, 6-1. Penn State has been shutout in four of its five Big Ten losses. Like Wisconsin, Penn State’s last league opponent was the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions came closer to the Buckeyes than the Badgers, in the end suffering a 1-0 overtime loss.

Despite posting an overall record of 14-8-1 last season, Penn State only recorded two wins in its six conference matches last season. The Nittany Lioins return five starters from last season’s squad after losing six.  Penn State also returns 11 letterwinners, while welcoming 12 newcomers. Head coach Bob Warming is in his second season at the helm of Penn State soccer. In his first season in Happy Valley, Warming led the Lions to 14 wins, the most by PSU team since 2002. Warming also led his squad to its first NCAA postseason victory in five years.

Who to watch for
Wisconsin will face one of the Big Ten’s toughest goalies on Saturday at Penn State. The Nittany Lions’ freshman goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton leads the Big Ten with a goals against average of 0.56. The freshman goalkeeper has recorded 10 shutouts this season, which ties him for first place in the Penn State single-season shutout record book. The rookie has started every game this season and defended the net every minute.

The Badgers have to keep their eyes on Julian Cardona, who is tied with Hasani Sinclair with three goals and seven points. Earlier in the season, Cardona was recruited to the Puerto Rico National Team to play in two World Cup qualifying matches.  The junior midfielder/forward is in his first year as a Nittany Lion after transferring from Butler.

RPI rankings -- as of Nov. 1, 2011
Wisconsin’s RPI ranking continues to fall, dropping from 36th a week ago to 40th this week. UW’s former opponent, Creighton, is in the top spot, while UC Irvine is seventh, Indiana 21st, Memphis 34th and Northwestern 37th.

NSCAA Coaches Poll -- Nov. 1, 2011
New Mexico jumped to the top spot in the nation this week after its previous No. 2 ranking. Creighton also moves up a spot, coming in at No. 2. Earlier in the season, the Badgers fell to Creighton, 2-1, in overtime. Indiana holds the Big Ten’s highest ranking as it claims a No. 9 ranking. The Hoosiers are the only team representing the Big Ten in the top 25 rankings.

Regional rankings -- Nov. 1, 2011
UW remains in the 10th spot in this week’s NCSAA Great Lake Regional Rankings. The Badgers fell from the fifth spot on Oct. 18 to the 10th spot in the Oct. 25 poll. Wisconsin’s No. 5 ranking was its highest this season. Wisconsin opened the season 10th in the rankings, before falling out of the rankings in the Sept. 27 poll. UW earned the 10th spot in the Oct. 4 poll and moved to sixth in the Oct. 11 poll.

More points please
In 17 games played this season, the Badgers have scored 66 points, 11 more than all of 2010. Eleven members of the team have scored a point this season, while Tomislav Zadro leads the team with 17.

Zadro scores
Junior Tomislav Zadro’s team-best 17 points are tied for second in the Big Ten. The midfielder’s seven assists lead the league, while his five goals are tied for fifth. Zadro’s 17 points are the most for a Badger since the 2008 season when Scott Lorenz finished with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. Zadro recorded a 10-game point streak, from Sept. 4-Oct. 9. He led the Badgers with four goals and seven assists during that time.

Streaking

The Badgers put together a five-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 16-Oct. 2. On Sept. 16, in Max Jentsch’s first start in goal, UW defeated Drake, 3-1. The Badgers then went on to tie SIUE (Sept. 18), defeat Loyola Marymount (Sept. 25), tie Marquette (Sept. 28) and defeat Indiana (Oct. 2). An overtime loss to then-No. 5 Creighton (Oct. 5) ended UW’s run.

The unbeaten streak was UW’s longest since the 2008 season, when the Badgers started the season 4-0-1 before falling to Binghamton in the sixth game of the season.

In-state rivalries

Wisconsin earned its first win of the season over an in-state opponent when it defeated the Milwaukee Panthers, 2-0, on Oct. 26. UW came up short in its quest for a win in Green Bay, falling to the Phoenix, 2-0, on Oct. 19 and battled in-state rival Marquette to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 28.

Wednesday workouts
The Badgers earned their first midweek win of the season when they defeated Milwaukee on Oct. 26. UW suffered a 2-0 loss to the Green Bay Phoenix on Oct. 19, and fell, 2-1, to Creighton on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Wisconsin played Marquette to a, 1-1, double overtime draw in the Badgers’ first midweek game of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 28. UW is 1-2-1 in midweek action this season.

Last year, the Badgers saw three of their four Wednesday games go into overtime, finishing 1-2-0 in in those games. UW ended the 2010 season 2-2-0 in Wednesday games, with all four midweek matchups played in Madison.

Welcome to McClimon
Wisconsin holds an all-time record of 89-60-15 at the McClimon Complex since 1993. In the inaugural season of action at the McClimon in 1993, the Badgers earned a program-best nine wins. In 1996 Wisconsin recorded a program-best .833 win percentage with a 7-1-1 record. In 2010, UW marked a 3-5-1 record at the McClimon Complex.

Wisconsin opened the 2011 season with a 1-0 win over Western Illinois, before suffering losses to UC Irvine and Memphis at the McClimon Complex. On Sept. 25, UW defeated Loyola Marymount in the first of a four-game homestand at McClimon before tying Marquette on Sept. 28, defeating Indiana on Oct. 2 and losing to Creighton on Oct. 5. UW returned to Madison on Oct. 16 and earned a 1-0 victory over Michigan State. The Badgers are 4-3-1 in Madison this season.

Big Ten accolades
Max Jentsch earned his second Big Ten weekly award this week for his performance in Wisconsin’s 1-0 shutout victory over Michigan State on Sunday. The sophomore goalkeeper was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten after recording his second shutout in league play this season. Jentsch is now 5-1-2 in goal for UW.

Jentsch earned his first weekly award of the season for his shutout performance in the Badgers’ win over Indiana on Oct. 2. Jentsch blocked a penalty kick from Indiana’s Harrison Petts to preserve the shutout.

Nick Janus also earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after his performance in Wisconsin’s win over then-No. 6 Indiana. Janus earned Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three points in the game. The award was the first of Janus’ career.

Junior Kyle McCrudden earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors after his performance against Western Illinois on Aug. 29. McCrudden’s game-winning goal in the 68th minute was his first game-winner and second career goal at UW.

National accolades
Nick Janus was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll and selected to Soccer America Men's Team of the Week after leading unranked Wisconsin to a stunning upset over No. 6 Indiana on Oct. 2. Janus earned the assist on the game-winning goal, before adding an insurance goal late in the game. He earned three points in the game and is now fourth on the team with six points.

All-Tournament honors
Freshman AJ Cochran sophomore Paul Yonga and Tomislav Zadro were named to the UIC Soccer Classic All-Tournament team. Zadro earned three points with one goal and one assist, while Yonga and Cochran’s defensive performance helped the Badgers finish the tournament unbeaten.

Zadro’s all-tournament honors at UIC were his second of the season as he, senior Josh Thiermann and sophomore Blake Succa were named to the all-tournament team at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. Thiermann led Wisconsin with two goals, while Zadro earned his first point of the season with an assist.

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